10 April 2019
H.E. Dr. Siri Jirapongphan, Minister of Energy of Thailand along with H.E. Dr. Khammany INTHIRATH, Minister of Energy and Mines, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, recently presided over the first unit of the turbine generator synchronization ceremony of Xayaburi Hydroelectric Power Project developed by CKPower Public Company Limited or CKP in SET.
The Official witnesses to the first sync of 1st unit generator were Dr.Pailin Chuchottaworn, Deputy Minister of Transport, Mr. Kiattikhun Chartprasert, the Thai Ambassador to Lao PDR, together with Mr. Bounoum Syvanpheng, Managing Director of EdL, Mr. Viboon Rerksirathai, Governor of EGAT, Dr. Daovong Phonekeo, Permanent Secretary of MEM and Mr.Plew Trivisvavet, Chairman of the Executive Committee of CKPower.
This first unit electric generator is 1 of 8 generators of Xayaburi Hydroelectric Power Plant Project which is a large Run-of-River hydropower plant on the Mekong River, approximately 80 km from the city of Luang Prabang. The installed capacity of the project is 1,285 MW from these 8 “fish- friendly” turbine generators, of which 1,220 MW of the electricity from 7 generators will be distributed to EGAT via Thai-Lao 500 KV transmission line entering from Tha li, Loei province and the 8th unit, 60MW, will be distributed to Electricite du Lao (EdL) under the PPA between EdL and XPCL via 115 KV transmission system in Lao PDR.
Xayaburi HPP is the first hydroelectric power project on the lower Mekong River. The project has been designed with the most advanced technology to mitigate environmental and social impacts. Sediment transportation is handled by low level outlets while fish passing facilities and fish lock provide natural fish migration both upstream and downstream. The Xayaburi HPP has been praised as the new benchmark for run-of-river power plant on the Mekong River. The construction progress of Xayaburi HPP is now 98% and the Commercial Operation Date is on schedule to be fully operational by last quarter of 2019. Xayaburi HPP is expected to a key contributor to CKPower’s operational performance.